The Press-Telegram of Long Beach reports that police are searching for the driver of a PT Cruiser who struck and injured a motorcyclist on the Century Freeway near Downey. Hit and run incidents such as this one illustrate what not to do in the event of a car accident. However, here are several things you should do if you have a car accident.
- Stop if you have had an accident. California law carries stiff penalties for drivers who strike another’s property or person and drive away. These penalties can be levied against you, even if the accident is not your fault.
- Check for damages. Take note of any injuries to yourself or damage to your vehicle. If you have a camera phone take a few pictures of the damages. IMPORTANT: If a car accident causes injury or death, you must notify the police.
- Exchange insurance information with the other driver. If your vehicle struck another person’s property, then you must leave a note with your name, address and a brief explanation of the accident.
- Draw a simple illustration of the accident scene. Carefully note the position of cars, pedestrians, trees, utility poles, traffic control signals and street signs.
- Accept no fault and accuse no one. Emotions are often high after a car accident, and making accusations can add unnecessary tension to an already stressful environment.
- Report the accident to the local police or to the California Highway Patrol. Also, report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
Read our online article that outlines 10 Things to Do If You Are in a Car Accident if you would like a step-by-step guide to follow after an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas and discuss your situation with experienced California car accident lawyers.